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Newcastle United have now made an approach for Ethan Ampadu – Report

4 weeks ago

An approach for Ethan Ampadu has now been made by Newcastle United, according to reports on Wednesday morning.

Only 13 days now until the transfer window closes and Newcastle clearly needing to bring in some better quality players, with Joe Willock the only summer signing so far.

With Sunday’s defensive nightmare suggesting zero improvement on Newcastle having the fifth worst defensive record last season (62 goals conceded in 38 Premier League matches), the Northern Echo say that their information is that NUFC have inquired about Ethan Ampadu.

Set to turn 21 in September, the Welsh international is miles away from the Chelsea first team and wasn’t even included in the 20 man matchday squad for their opening match.

Just one of the countless young players Chelsea hoover up from other clubs for relatively little cash, with the intention to then be repeatedly loaned out and eventually sold for a significant profit, Ethan Ampadu has only played 10 minutes of Premier League football for Chelsea since arriving at Stamford Bridge four years ago.

The Northern Echo say that they have been told that Chelsea are happy for the player to go out on another loan for the entirety of the 2021/22 season and that he will go somewhere before the window closes on 31 August 2021.

Loaned to Leipzig for the 2019/20 season, Ethan Ampadu got only 78 minutes of Bundesliga football as he was named 20 times on the bench, getting on the pitch only three times.

Despite their relegation, a better time for Ampadu at Sheffield United last season, with 23 Premier League starts and two sub appearances, the defender playing as one of the three central defenders when the Blades beat Newcastle 1-0 in January. Sheffield United at the time were on a 20 match Premier League run of 18 defeats and two draws.

Sheffield United were one of only four PL clubs to concede more goals than Newcastle United, the relegated club conceding one more (63) than NUFC.

Newcastle United of course failed to sign main defensive target Kristoffer Ojer as Mike Ashley refused to match Brentford’s offer for the then Celtic player, whilst when attention switched to Man Utd’s Axel Tuanzebe, Ashley wouldn’t allow NUFC to pay the loan fee and Tuanzebe went to Villa instead.

As well as better protection in front of them, the Newcastle defence could do with added pace, youth and arguably quality, Federico Fernandez is 32 and both Ritchie and Clark turn 32 next month, the three of them collectively lacking pace on Sunday against West Ham.


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